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« on: November 09, 2005 03:30:35 PM »

I took this challenge as a challenge. I've recycled clothing in general into potholders, aprons, quilts, pillows, bags or just rag mops (after all, it's cotton, right?). However, how are those who are just NOT sewing savvy to reuse their beloved jeans? I decided I wouldn't pull out my sewing machine for this one. So I pulled out my staple gun.

This headboard requires absolutely NO sewing skills, so it's perfect for anyone who doesn't sew, doesn't have a machine or just doesn't want to pull it out.

All pockets for keepsakes and necessary items are from the jeans themselves. I used about 3 different pairs of jeans for this project, scissors, 2 slabs of presentation cardboard and a staple gun.

The board is thin enough that you can hammer it directly into a wooden wall and light enough that it doesn't need much bracing. You can even hang it as you would a picture, with wire and picture hooks. I just stapled it into the wall above my bed.

I ripped up the jeans into random shapes, kept the pockets and detailing when possible, kept seams and other details when handy and then set to work. I arranged the large pieces on the board, then positioned the pockets and I stapled away. I kept the staples from being too visible by stapling on the edges where other pieces would overlap, right close to a seam or inside pockets. Then when the front was all stuck onto the board, I turned it around and stapled the edges to the back so it would look nice from the sides.

 I first tried to do an upholstered headboard, but with the denim and batting, staples wouldn't go all the way into the board and would tend to fall out. If someone has a stapler that fits the reeeeeally long staples, i would give it a shot. However, with a leftover jean leg I made a neck roll pillow, stuffed it with the rolled up batting I wasn't able to use and that's where I'll put my head if needed.

This is my sofa wearing the headboard because in the dark pit of slumber that is my room no pictures would come out. It is a little wider than my twin sized bed.

The great thing about a stapled headboard is that you can add on as much as you want. Halfway through I decided it was missing a bag for my knitting, so I just stapled it on. It fits a one ball project, basically the stuff I do right before going to bed. The advantage? you can design pockets and add them in whichever size you like, or change your mind, pry the staples off and rearrange. Very forgiving and a lot less painful than using the seam ripper on sewn crafts. You don't even have to use it as a headboard, now that I think about it. I just needed a place to put the odds and ends I don't want my cats to play with while I sleep.

Here is the needle pocket being put to another use

On the lower left hand corner is where my cell phone lives at night.

Took me less than 3 hours from start to finish. This was my inspiration picture, I got it by typing in "denim headboard" on google:

Hope you like it!
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005 04:54:05 PM »

That is super cool and crafty... I love it!
I know you tried to make the staples not-visible, but do any of them show? Would glue work too?
Great job!
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005 05:27:20 PM »

excellent! i hate to sew!
and storage too!!

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005 11:27:46 PM »

I like how you made it in a simple way and it still is very functional and cute!
What's with the dates on your pictures?

« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2005 07:39:17 AM »

I know you tried to make the staples not-visible, but do any of them show? Would glue work too?

The only places where staples show is on the pockets that are applied over the other larger pieces. I don't mind them, but if you wanted a staple free look you could glue some rick-rack, bias tape or some type of trim over them. I haven't tried glue, since it would make it too permanent for me, but I guess that wood glue would work, although it may make the denim hard to the touch.

I took the pics on a borrowed camera. the action shot picture was taken when i started the project, and the rest on monday when I finally finished working on it. Maybe the owner was working on some shady deals where they needed to make someone believe it was 2003. Wink
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